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PM Modi holds telephonic conversation with Sri Lankan President; agrees to accelerate Indian-assisted development projects in Sri Lanka

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday held conversation with Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its likely health and economic impacts in the region.

Prime Minister assured the Sri Lankan President that India would continue to provide all possible support to Sri Lanka for mitigating the effects of the pandemic.

President Rajapaksa briefed PM on the steps being taken by his Government to restart economic activity.  In this context, both leaders agreed on the need to accelerate Indian-assisted development projects in Sri Lanka.  They also discussed the possibilities of promoting investments and value-addition in Sri Lanka by the Indian private sector.

Prime Minister conveyed his best wishes for the health and well-being of the Sri Lankan people.

“Had an excellent talk with President @GotabayaR . Sri Lanka is fighting COVID-19 effectively under his leadership. India will continue to support our close maritime neighbour in dealing with the pandemic and its economic impact,” tweeted PM Modi.

“We agreed to accelerate Indian-assisted development projects in Sri Lanka, and also strengthen investment links,” he added.

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